- Status Anxiety: (2008) a Briton travels to America to try to understand why, despite its prosperity, people in the US are never happy with their positions, even the very rich.
- Robert Taylor, inventor of soap-in-a-pump-bottle (Softsoap), knew larger competitors like Colgate would try to copy his product. In order to ensure they couldn’t copy him, he bought every small bottle hand-pump (100 million bottles) in the US. This resulted in a year of the market to himself
- New Rome Ohio, a small town with 60 residents and 14 police officers, raised nearly $400,000 annually from speeding tickets.
- Henry Ford created a car made almost entirely out of plastic. It weighed 30% less than standard cars, could withstand 10 times the damage and ran on ethanol instead of gas. The design never caught on.
- The artificial sweetener Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered when a researcher misheard a command to “Test this chemical” as “taste this chemical”.
- A Swedish man survived for two months in a car that had been snowed over. He ate only snow, and survived due a “igloo effect”.
- Some people wear adult diapers to celebrate New Years at Time Square due to a lack of toilets.